Fonds MC259 - Estabrooks family

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Estabrooks family

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  • 1845, 1889-1906 (Creation)
    Estabrooks family (Carleton County)

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2 cm of textual records

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(Daughters born in 1869 and 1872)

Biographical history

Alvaretta (Berta) Hayward Estabrooks (b. 26 September 1869) and Hannah Elizabeth Estabrooks (b. 2 September 1872) were daughters of Shephard Handy Estabrooks (1838-1883) and Agnes Edgar Carter (1845-1909), of Coldstream, Carleton County, New Brunswick. Shephard and Agnes Estabrooks had 3 other children: George (b. 1865), Arthur (b. 1867), and Ellen Jane (Waters, b. 1878). Shephard Estabrooks's sister, Lucretia, was married to the Rev. Amos Hayward, a Baptist preacher, who ministered first at Coldstream and then at Florenceville.

Alvaretta Estabrooks taught music in the Coldstream area, then later studied music at Acadia Academy, Wolfville, N.S., from 1889 to 1893. After returning to New Brunswick, Alvaretta taught music for many years. She died in Hartland, Carleton County on 19 July 1941 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hartland. Her sister, Hannah, lived on the family farm with her mother and worked in a local store. Hannah Estabrooks died at Fredericton on 28 October 1950, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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This fonds consists primarily of diaries of Alvaretta Estabrooks and Hannah Estabrooks. Alvaretta Estabrooks's diaries cover the years, 1889 to 1893. She mentions friends and neighbours, in Coldstream, and records deaths in the area. As well, she notes her activities -- housekeeping, raising crops, sewing, quilting, hooking mats, crocheting and knitting. Alvaretta devoted daily attention to her music but set aside Sunday for Sunday school and prayer meetings.

Hannah Estabrooks's diary covers the periods, January 1903 to June 1903 and January 1905 to April 1906. She records information about her family and friends, as well as about working in the local store and in the home -- churning butter, knitting, candling eggs, tending the lambs, working in the barn.

The fonds also contains information on the Estabrooks family history, as well as a letter from Richard Burpee to his father, Thomas Burpee, of Saint John, dated 26 March 1845. Richard Burpee was reportedly the first Baptist minister from New Brunswick to go as a missionary to India. His sister, Adeline Burpee, married Jacob Estabrooks, of Carleton County, which may explain the presence of this letter in this fonds. The letter deals with the prospect of Richard Burpee's trip to India.

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Donated by Mrs. Lloyd MacMullin, of Fredericton, N.B., in July 1979.


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